Charles Sykes/BravoNick Jonas shows off a more mature sound and look in the video for his new song, “Chains.”
The clip, which premiered Wednesday morning on MTV’s networks, has Nick giving off a bit of a Justin Timberlake-type vibe as he battles SWAT teams and sings, “You got me in chains/You got me in chains for your love/But I wouldn’t change/I wouldn’t change this love.” It features Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Penn’s ex, Robin Wright.
“Chains” will be featured on Nick’s currently-untitled solo album, which is due out later this year. He tells E! Online that a duet he recorded with Demi Lovato will also appear on the disc, saying, "It's a great song that we both love. Her voice is just amazing on it. She's the real deal. It's the perfect fit for this record."
Despite all his music-making, Nick hasn’t put his acting career on the back burner. He’ll star in a new drama for DirecTV, titled Kingdom. He’ll play an MMA fighter in the show, which premieres October 8.
222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5’s latest song sounds like it could be an ode to Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo.
“It Was Always You,” the second single off the band’s new album V, tells the story of a man who comes to realize that the love of his life has been staring him in the face the entire time. Adam sings of a woman with “hazel eyes,” and states in the chorus, “It was always you/Can't believe I couldn't see it all this time/All this time/It was always you.”
You can purchase the dance-pop track -- the follow-up to the current Maroon 5 hit “Maps” -- now from various online retailers. V will be released September 2.
ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of the opening-day lineup of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this weekend. If you can’t make it to Grant Park to check out her performance, you can still watch it online.
Lorde’s set will stream on Lollapalooza.Redbull.tv and via the Red Bull TV app Friday at 7 p.m. Central time. At 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to tune in to a performance by Zedd.
On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., you can see fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers.
Eminem and Rihanna are gearing up for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. Following Rih's tweet last week about loving her tour band, Eminem has shared a photo of himself and Rih Rih during rehearsals.
In the Instagram picture, a stone-faced Eminem poses next to the singer who is sitting next to a keyboard -- both are wearing causal outfits and fitted caps.
The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information.
Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.
E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.
Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.
The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring North America with One Direction, but next summer they plan to launch their own headlining trek.
The Australian band has announced the Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, which will see them visit 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will begin July 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, and will conclude about two months later in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets will go on sale to the public August 9 on LiveNation.com, but Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale beginning August 5.
The announcement of 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour comes amid news that their self-titled debut album has topped the Billboard 200 album chart. It sold 259,000 copies for the week ending Sunday. Billboardnotes that it’s the third-biggest debut so far in 2014, and the most successful debut for a group since 2006, when Daughtry moved 304 thousand copies of their self-titled disc.
Here are the announced tour dates for 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour. Additional shows will be announced in the near future:
7/17/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Event Center 7/18/15 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/20/15 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/22/15 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 7/24/15 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 7/25/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena 7/27/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 7/29/15 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre 7/31/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/1/15 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8/4/15 -- Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 8/5/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 8/7/15 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion 8/8/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 8/19/15 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 8/21/15 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 8/22/15 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Pavilion 8/23/15 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 8/25/15 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/28/15 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 8/29/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion Stadium 8/30/15 -- Holmdel, NJ , PNC Bank Arts Center 9/1/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 9/4/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 9/5/15 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre 9/6/15 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 9/7/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 9/9/15 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 9/12/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 9/13/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way. But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music.
"I recorded an album, I was so proud of it. It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio. "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more pop. And what comes with pop is what all those pop artists do: the girls dress very sexy and revealing, and the videos are over-the-top. And they were requesting that of me."
As you might expect, this didn't sit well with Colbie: she loved the music she'd created, and was furious that she was told it wasn't good enough.
"I was just so mad, because I made this beautiful album that I wrote with amazing people, and I was so proud of it," she recalls. "And to have it just be, like, washed away and wanting someone completely different -- that's not the artist that they signed, you know. So, it was hard for me."
That's why there's been such a long delay between her last record and her upcoming one, Gypsy Heart. "I then had to go back in [to the studio] and be even mentally prepared to start writing again. I was not up for it," she admits.
However, the whole unpleasant experience has a silver lining. Colbie now says that she's happy with the new batch of songs that she came up with, some of which you can hear on her new teaser EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A.
"I will say, I am very glad that this happened, because I love the songs that came from it, and I love that I wrote 'Try' because of it," she tells ABC News Radio. "And even the up-tempo pop songs I did record that made the record, I absolutely love them. So I will thank my label for inspiring that."
There's no release date yet for the full Gypsy Heart album, but Colbie will kick off a headlining tour August 27 in Denver, CO.
Republic RecordsIt leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.” The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart.
The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak.
As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.
RCA RecordsHilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.”
In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result.
“Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s Dignity.
Kenneth WillardtBefore her grandfather passed away last week, Ariana Grande expressed in an interview with Seventeen magazine how much he meant to her.
Speaking with Seventeen for its September issue, Ariana said that insecurity “has been the hardest thing” she’s had to overcome. She said that in order to get past the insecurity she feels, she focuses on “what’s important.”
The 21-year-old “Problem” singer continued, “My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”
Ariana has since released a statement, via Seventeen, regarding her comments. She said, “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Ariana revealed that the toughest thing she’s had to deal with during her life is her falling out of touch with her father. She said, “It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it.”
She added, “The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”
The September issue of Seventeen, featuring Ariana on the cover, hits newsstands on August 5.
Ariana is featured on what is currently the number-one song on the iTunes chart, her just-released collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.”
Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.
“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”
“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.
ABC/Richard HarbaughYouTube recently compiled a playlist of the most-viewed music videos on the site so far in 2014. Take a guess as to which clip is number one.
Are you ready for, ready for the answer? It’s the Katy Perry hit “Dark Horse.” Since it was posted in February, it has racked up more than 493 million views.
Shakira occupies the next two spots on the list. Her collaboration with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” has 358 million views to date, while her World Cup song, “La La La (Brazil 2014),” has 262 million.
Here are the rest of the top 10 videos on the playlist:
4. Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, "We Are One (Ole Ola) (Olodum Mix)" 5. Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona, "Bailando (Español)” 6. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE" 7. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy" 8. Frozen, "Let It Go Sing-Along" 9. Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle " 10. Enrique Iglesias ft. Marco Antonio Solís, "El Perdedor"
Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty.
In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.
Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996.
"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."
She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release."
Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea is now a “Fancy” movie star. The rapper has landed a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 movie.
The film’s star, Vin Diesel, was doing promotion for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie when an interviewer with France’s Skyrock FM asked the actor which songs he’d like to dance to the most: Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle,” Azalea’s “Fancy,” or Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”
“Well, Iggy Azalea,” the actor replied, adding, “I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this. We casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7,” Diesel revealed.
Fast & Furious 7 opens nationwide April 3, 2015. The sequel was originally supposed to debut this month, but its release date was pushed back following star Paul Walker's death.
Iggy's getting some small-screen exposure, too. Last week, MTV announced she'll be the new host of the channel’s revived fashion show, House of Style.
Ben WattsApparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets. TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"
According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani; Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time.
Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr. However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.
Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time. Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks.
After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.
TMZ also reports that Justin tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.
ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore and Ryan Lewis have collaborated with an indie-rock band from their native Seattle on a new song that just made its debut.
The Grammy-winning duo appears on “Arrows,” by a band called Fences. This is the first new tune to feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis since the release of their breakout 2012 album, The Heist.
Macklemore says he can relate to Fences leader Christopher Mansfield. He says in a statement, "Fences is a good friend. He's f***ed up in the same way that I'm f***ed up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We've made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favorite one we've done."
Fences will join Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco August 9, as well as at various European music festivals.
“Arrows” is included on Fences’ new album, Lesser Oceans, out October 14. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get an instant download of “Arrows” and one other song.
ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift is country music’s biggest crossover artist, but she’s not the genre’s highest-paid singer.
Forbes has ranked Taylor second on its list of the world’s highest-paid country musicians. She raked in 64 million dollars over the past year, thanks to the success of her RED tour and her endorsement deals with brands like Diet Coke.
Taylor fell just shy of Toby Keith, who earned 65 million dollars. American Idol judge Keith Urban ranks seventh, with 28 million.
PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.
The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.
The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show. Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much."
Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."
On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.
Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special. Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.